Cracking the Nut 2017: Reinforcing Food Systems to Meet Urban Demand

Monday, March 27, 2017

Cracking the Nut 2017: Reinforcing Food Systems to Meet Urban Demand

Monday, March 27, 2017 - Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel
2 Charoen Krung Road Soi 30
Siphya, Bang Rak
Bangkok, 10500

+66 2 266 0123
Phone: 7039145533
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Connexus is pleased to announce the 2017 Cracking the Nut conference. Connexus Corporation is working with USAID, CRS and Chemonics International to organize a two-day learning event, which will raise awareness of the changing demographics impacting global demand and supply of food, and highlight how food systems are transforming, linking rural to urban markets, and responding to changing food preferences, especially in urban areas of developing countries. In 2017, we will highlight the multiple ways in which the private sector, governments, donors and development practitioners are working to improve food security, adjust systems and adapt finance for urban agriculture and sustainable energies. ​

Conference sessions will showcase competitively selected best practices through three focused themes:

Reducing energy and transport costs for food systems: What technologies and distribution methods can help to lower the costs and use of non-renewable energies needed for transportation, processing and cold storage of food? How can public and private sectors collaborate to increase the use of renewable and clean energies that support sustainable agriculture?

Improving sustainability and food security of urban markets: As population is growing, especially in urban areas, what systems and mechanisms are needed to ensure all people have access to sufficient nutritious foods at prices they can afford? What types of finance and investment are needed to transform food systems and better link the rural to urban supply chain?

Facilitating links from rural to urban parts of a supply chain: How can we strengthen the “connective tissues” between rural smallholders and supply chain actors that are linked to urban demand? How can we help rural suppliers better interpret and respond to changing urban preferences?

Conference Registration Fees
Cracking the Nut Conference (early bird*): 595 USD
Cracking the Nut Conference + Ag VCF Training (early bird*): 1490 USD
Cracking the Nut Conference (regular): 795 USD
Cracking the Nut Conference + Ag VCF Training (regular): 1690 USD

* Early bird for the conference and the Agriculture Value Chain Finance Training ends November 7, 2016
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